For those of us used to going to the office every day, making the transition to a remote work environment might not be the easiest task. Here are a few tips that can help you get used to a home office.
- Keep a consistent routine. It might sound appealing to work in your pajamas all day, but in reality, making your bed, getting dressed and going to a designated workspace is going to help tremendously for your productivity. If you normally eat breakfast before work, keep that habit up. If you typically do a workout at the start of your day, keep that up as much as possible. The more you can remain consistent with a routine, the more productive you will feel when it’s time to work.
- Assign a designated workspace. Working from home allows for serious distractions. If you position your laptop in front of the television or take a work call in the driveway, it can be hard to stay focused. A designated home office will help you define limits and increase your productivity. If you don’t have an office space and your dining room table is now your desk, keep that space clean and free of distractions while you are focused on your 9-5. After work, put away the laptop and “clock out” mentally to let your mind relax.
- Go easy on yourself. Again, a lot of us have never worked from home, and we are all going through this crisis for the first time together. It’s OK if you’re not perfect at remote work at first. Try taking short breaks to help ease stress and promote concentration.
- Take time to do things you love when the work is done. Whether that’s picking up a hobby you didn’t have time for because of your commute, or going through old photos with your kids, cherish the extra time at home and find a way to see the silver lining. It will help your mindset for work, and for your personal life.
- Make a list of goals you want to accomplish through this quarantine. Lists can be great at revving up your creative engine. Write down 3-5 goals for work, personal, and family that you would like to have completed during your time at home. Maybe you have a project idea at work you want to pitch when you’re back in the office, or a closet that needs organizing. Align yourself with attainable tasks and revel at checking off small accomplishments week by week.
We hope some of these tips will help as you navigate the new “normal”. At Brilliant HR, we are here to help in whatever way we can, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or comments. We are all in this together!